Spiritual Travel Tips

One of my fellow travelers to the class on “Celtic Spirituality and Modern Cosmology” in Ireland sent this. I loved it. Don’t you?

Dear Fellow Travelers,

I like the intention of these following 10 tips and  thought you might be interested in reading them as well.

I wish us all safe travels and blessing on our journey together.

By Joseph  Dispenza : Following are his ideas on adding more soul to our travels: 

1. Create a travel shrine. A simple home altar dedicated to a  trip will
establish its spiritual character. Include photos of your destination,  reminders of home and anything that contributes to emphasizing the trip’s  underlying spiritual nature.

2. Pack virtues. Spiritual provisions  are as important as material ones.
Pack in with your clothes 3×5 cards on which  you’ve written “Courage,” or “Patience,” or “Forgiveness” — and you will have  these virtues all along your way.

3. Keep a “Fear Box.” In  preparing for a trip, we often encounter
apprehensions (Columbus did!). If a  fear crops up, write it down and deposit it in a “Fear Box.” Before departing  home, seal the box and leave it on your travel shrine. Now you will be out in  the world without fears.

4. Take along gifts. Gifting raises a  mere trip into a journey of adventure and gratitude. Small, inexpensive items  from home, will suffice. Giving these to people we encounter along the way  acknowledges our one-ness with “the stranger” and enhances the spiritual  character of the trip.

5. Keep a “Journal of Feelings.” A journal  into which we record our emotions on a trip is tremendously useful. It is one  thing to see the Eiffel Tower or Big Ben — and quite another to “feel” them.  This kind of journal keeps the trip grounded as an interior  journey.

6. Close the door. Upon leaving home, walk across the  threshold with
awareness: “I am leaving the past behind me. I am sealing the  past away with the closing of this door. Before me, now, lies the future — and I  willingly and lovingly step into it.”

7. Make a triumphant entrance. Arriving back home from a trip, do as the Romans did: Make an  imaginary triumphant entrance. This is the opposite of No. 6 — a way of  symbolically ending the trip and realizing that we have been transformed by  it.

8. Tell the story of the journey. After a trip, call your  friends together and tell the story of your journey, showing objects that you  brought back. This releases the lessons of the journey to the  world.

9. Name the trip. You’ve left the first page of your  Journal of Feelings
blank. Now return to it and name the trip: “My Journey of  Compassion,” “My Journey of Realizing My Tremendous Importance to Other People,”  “My Journey of Understanding the Value of Family.”

10. Be the hero  of your adventure. All travel is inner travel, because
wherever we are, we are  processing our experiences internally. Remind yourself that you are the hero of  all your journeys, and that all your travel in the outside world is really  travel inward, toward ever higher spiritual consciousness. 




One Response to “Spiritual Travel Tips”

  1. Sis Says:

    Hiya! I really like this list of things to do. I’m not so sure about the Fear Box. If I leave it with the shrine, it seems like it will become part of the trip. I can see removing all the bits of paper from the box and burning them before going on the trip – that would be more meaningful for me.

    I think my favorites from this list are gifting, journaling, and making the triumphant return.

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